The Bush administration is shocked, shocked, that the firing of a few
This cover-up revolves around efforts by the Bush administration to disenfranchise African-American voters in communities where the vote would likely be close. George W. Bush came to power in 2000 by a razor-thin margin awarded him by the Supreme Court. During the 2004 election, there were allegations of attempts to disenfranchise African-American voters, especially in
Instead, the administration instigated efforts that would further disenfranchise these voters.
Former staffers in the Justice Department’s civil rights division said they were “repeatedly overruled when they objected to Republican actions, ranging from
The administration’s effort to prosecute voter fraud is a sham. The New York Times reports that voter experts have found “widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling place fraud.” However, the Election Assistance Commission, a federal panel charged with election research, skewed the findings of the voter experts.
The Bush administration has been hyping voter fraud since the last election; Karl Rove called it an “enormous and growing” problem. Two of the fired
Kyle Sampson, Alberto Gonzales’ former right-hand man, wrote in an email that the qualification to be a
Shortly after the Watergate break-in, President Richard Nixon and his loyal chief of staff H.R. Haldeman spoke in the old
Likewise, there is a suspicious 16-day gap in the email records between the Justice Department and the White House just before seven of the
The Los Angeles Times reported that senior Justice Department officials prepared documentation to justify the firings after the dismissals. One Justice Department official threatened to “retaliate” against the eight fired
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who heads the Justice Department, denied he was involved in discussions about the firings. But Sampson testified that Gonzales was consulted at least five times and signed off on the plan to fire the
Gonzales is reportedly sweating bricks over his own testimony before that Committee, slated for April 17. As a result of Gonzales’ stonewalling in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s request for documents, committee chairman Rep. John Conyers has subpoenaed the records. If the Justice Department defies the subpoena, the Judiciary Committee, and the full Congress, could cite the department for contempt of Congress, and a federal grand jury could issue criminal indictments for obstruction of justice.
The White House has indicated it will not allow Karl Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to testify under oath. Why the resistance unless they intend to lie?
Alberto Gonzales should be fired, not just for malfeasance in the
Firing Gonzales may temporarily stanch the flood of accusations about the
Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president of the National Lawyers Guild. Her book, “